Tates Creek tops Henry Clay on penalty kicks

Megan Poage scored on a pair of penalty kicks Wednesday night as 15th-ranked Tates Creek blanked No. 22 Henry Clay 2-0.

The visiting Commodores (14-1-2) also edged Henry Clay 1-0 on Aug. 22, in the finals of the Fayette County Soccer Spectacular — also on a penalty kick.

"They're not going to give up anything easy at all, and I have a lot of respect for their team and their coaches," said Bo Lankster, Creek's coach. "They play really hard. They scare me to death. I just feel very fortunate to come out on the right end of this one."

Poage scored with 3:18 left in the first half and again in the final minute of the match.

"If it weren't for Abriana McKinney, none of those would have happened," Poage said of her teammate, who was twice taken down in the box. "She was awesome."

Poage said she knew where she would shoot against Kayla Price, who has posted nine shutouts this season.

"I normally pick where I'm going to go right away when I get up there," Poage said. "(Price is) really intimidating, so I never look at her. I just have to do what I have to do for our team."

Both times, Poage fired to her right (Price's left) side.

"There's nothing we can do," Henry Clay Coach Mebit Aragaw said of the penalty shots. "But Tates Creek played well. Just give them credit. ... You've got to create them to get those PKs."

Poage nearly had a goal early in the second half, but Price got just enough of the ball to put it off the crossbar. Price also stopped a pair of would-be goals off the foot of Destinie Graves, one on a breakaway.

Unofficial totals had Price with five saves and Creek's Kathryn Murray with six.

Henry Clay (8-4-2) had its best chance, though, on a first-half ball that Murray couldn't snare. Olivia Max put a shot barely wide of the net.

Max, who has eight of the Blue Devils' 15 goals this season, was carried off the field with about 17 minutes left due to an ankle injury. Aragaw said he had no immediate word on the severity.

"I think Kathryn Murray probably was the difference tonight," Lankster said. "Because she came off her line, and she took away about three or four really dangerous opportunities on balls where we were a little flat."

Creek has outscored foes 47-8 and has 10 shutouts.

"Very important," Murray said of No. 10. "It showed a lot, that we did well and we've improved as a team."

Tates Creek 2, Henry Clay 0

Goals — Megan Poage, 2. GoalkeepersTC: Kathryn Murray; HC: Kayla Price. RecordsTC 14-1-2; HC 8-4-2.